Alex Proyas’ ‘Paradise Lost’ Gets Its Adam, Eve, and Gabriel?

By  · Published on September 23rd, 2011

The big screen adapation of John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost” appears to be rounding out its cast in a big (and fast) way. Alex Proyas’s film already has Bradley Cooper and Ben Walker (soon to be seen as Honest Abe in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) set to square off as the archangels Lucifer and Michael, with Djimon Hounsou on board as Abdiel (the angel of death, for those of you unfamiliar with your angels). Now Variety reports that the film may have also locked in its Gabriel, Adam, and Eve.

The outlet reports that Casey Affleck is in negotiations for the role of Gabriel. The archangel is traditionally the one who communicates with humans and is sent from God to do so. He’s also the one who blows the trumpet that kicks off the end of time and the Last Judgment. He’s a fun dude! Jeff Sneider and Justin Kroll of Variety have also revealed that Diego González Boneta (a relative unknown who will next star in Rock of Ages) and Camilla Belle may join the cast as Adam and Eve. The first report says that Belle has been officially offered her role and that Boneta is the “front-runner” for his possible job.

Proyas has not been shy about sharing the details of his Paradise Lost, an epic scale (that’s most likely going to be in 3D) event film that will feature motion-captured performance at its center. We also know that the film will feature three large-scale battle scenes that occur in Heaven, Hell, and Eden. While the film’s central conflict will be between Lucifer and Michael after Cooper’s Lucifer is kicked out of Heaven, Eve will obviously play a huge role in the battles that break out between the dueling angels and their respective armies (I mean, “obviously” if you’re familiar with the Bible and stuff).

The film is set to start shooting in January in Sydney, with a reported 100-week schedule planned.